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Last updated on: February 5, 2013 13:57 IST

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It's a known fact that being born in the right country at the right time to right parents gives an advantage in all stages of life. So, which is the best country to be born in 2013?

Let's take a look at nations that are the best to be born in 2013.

Source: The Economist

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Image: People enjoy a warm day on the banks of the Neva River in central St Petersburg, Russia.
Photographs: Denis Sinyakov/Reuters
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Switzerland

Rank in 2013: 1

Score in 2013: 8.22

Rank in 1988: 13

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Image: People walk on Zurich's main shopping street Bahnhofstrasse.
Photographs: Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters

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Australia

Rank in 2013: 2

Score in 2013: 8.12

Rank in 1988: 18

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Image: Shoppers are seen at an outdoor shopping mall in Melbourne.
Photographs: Mick Tsikas/Reuters

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Norway

Rank in 2013: 3

Score in 2013: 8.09

Rank in 1988: 13

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Image: Royal Palace is seen at the end of Karl Johans Gate in Oslo.
Photographs: Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters
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Sweden

Rank in 2013: 4

Score in 2013: 8.02

Rank in 1988: 9

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Image: A view of Stockholm.
Photographs: Ints Kalnins/Reuters
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Denmark

Rank in 2013: 5

Score in 2013: 8.01

Rank in 1988: 24

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Image: Boats are seen anchored at the 17th century Nyhavn district, home to many shops and restaurants in Copenhagen.
Photographs: Bob Strong/Reuters
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Singapore

Rank in 2013: 6

Score in 2013: 8.00

Rank in 1988: 36

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Image: Marina Bay Sands hotel and ArtScience Museum in Singapore.
Photographs: Matthew Lee/Reuters

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New Zealand

Rank in 2013: 7

Score in 2013: 7.95

Rank in 1988: 18

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Image: People cross a street after rainfall in central Auckland.
Photographs: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters
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The Netherlands

Rank in 2013: 8

Score in 2013: 7.94

Rank in 1988: 10

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Image: Cyclists visit a Dutch tulip field in Noordwijk.
Photographs: Michael Kooren/Reuters

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Canada

Rank in 2013: 9

Score in 2013: 7.81

Rank in 1988: 5

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Image: A worker cleans away snow around the Centennial Flame on Parliament Hill in Ottawa.
Photographs: Christopher Pike/Reuters
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Hong Kong

Rank in 2013: 10

Score in 2013: 7.80

Rank in 1988: 7

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Image: A cityscape of Hong Kong.
Photographs: Bobby Yip/Reuters

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Finland

Rank in 2013: 11

Score in 2013: 7.76

Rank in 1988: 18

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Image: Tourists take part in the reindeer safari at Arctic Circle near Rovaniemi.
Photographs: Kacper Pempel/Reuters
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Ireland

Rank in 2013: 12

Score in 2013: 7.74

Rank in 1988: 15

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Image: A woman cycles past the 'Coffee To Get Her' restaurant near Dublin city centre, which becomes a bar and club in the evenings.
Photographs: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters
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Austria

Rank in 2013: 13

Score in 2013: 7.73

Rank in 1988: 12

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Image: People enjoy the evening at Donaukanal in the centre of Vienna.
Photographs: Herwig Prammer/Reuters
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Taiwan

Rank in 2013: 14

Score in 2013: 7.67

Rank in 1988: N/A

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Image: A view of Taipei 101 building, the landmark of Taiwan.
Photographs: Stringer/Reuters
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Belgium

Rank in 2013: 15

Score in 2013: 7.51

Rank in 1988: 14

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Image: Tourists walk in Brussels' Royal Galleries of Saint Hubert.
Photographs: Sebastien Pirlet/Reuters
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Germany

Rank in 2013: 16

Score in 2013: 7.38

Rank in 1988 (East Germany): 36

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Image: People walk on the Kurfuerstendamm boulevard in Berlin.
Photographs: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

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The United States

Rank in 2013: 17

Score in 2013: 7.38

Rank in 1988: 1

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Image: Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan Bridge are seen from the 90th storey of One World Trade Center in New York.
Photographs: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

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The United Arab Emirates

Rank in 2013: 18

Score in 2013: 7.33

Rank in 1988: 32

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Image: Towers are seen next to a Dubai Metro station on Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai.
Photographs: Jumana El-Heloueh/Reuters

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South Korea

Rank in 2013: 19

Score in 2013: 7.25

Rank in 1988: 10

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Image: Part of Gangnam area is seen down the Han River in Seoul.
Photographs: Lee Jae Won/Reuters

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Israel

Rank in 2013: 20

Score in 2013: 7.23

Rank in 1988: 30

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Image: People walk past a cafe in Tel Aviv.
Photographs: Sharon Perry/Reuters
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Italy

Rank in 2013: 21

Score in 2013: 7.21

Rank in 1988: 4

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Image: People walk in front of a department store having a sale in downtown Milan.
Photographs: Alessandro Garofalo/Reuters
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Kuwait

Rank in 2013: 22

Score in 2013: 7.18

Rank in 1988: N/A

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Image: Vehicles travel on the First Ring Road in Kuwait City.
Photographs: Stephanie McGehee/Reuters
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Chile

Rank in 2013: 23

Score in 2013: 7.10

Rank in 1988: N/A

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Image: A view of Santiago City.
Photographs: Victor Ruiz Caballero/Reuters
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Cyprus

Rank in 2013: 24

Score in 2013: 7.10

Rank in 1988: N/A

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Image: A tourist jogs along the waterfront on Larnaca beach.
Photographs: Yannis Behrakis/Reuters
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Japan

Rank in 2013: 25

Score in 2013: 7.08

Rank in 1988: 6

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Image: Skyscrapers in Tokyo's Shinjuku district frame Mt Fuji at dusk.
Photographs: Kimimasa Mayama/Reuters
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France

Rank in 2013: 26

Score in 2013: 7.04

Rank in 1988: 2

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Image: A snow-covered path near the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
Photographs: John Schults/Reuters
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The United Kingdom

Rank in 2013: 27

Score in 2013: 7.01

Rank in 1988: 7

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Image: Pedestrians walk along Oxford Street in central London.
Photographs: Paul Hackett/Reuters

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The Czech Republic

Rank in 2013: 28

Score in 2013: 6.96

Rank in 1988: N/A

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Image: People slide down a snow covered Petrin hill in Prague.
Photographs: David W Cerny/Reuters

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Spain

Rank in 2013: 29

Score in 2013: 6.96

Rank in 1988: 15


Image: Tourists stroll along Barcelona's harbour in Barcelona.
Photographs: Gustau Nacarino/Reuters

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